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Woman held after stealing election ink

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The woman accused of stealing election ink. Supplied

A 46-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday at a polling station in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district after allegedly stealing a bottle election ink.

The Phnom Penh Election Commission said in a statement yesterday that Chea Sotheary, a teacher at a high school in Phnom Penh, was caught pouring the ink into her own personal bottle.

The commission said that Ms Sotheary was a deputy at a polling station in Phnom Penh’s Trapaing Andoung village.

An official with the commission said yesterday that on Saturday, Ms Sotheary was detained after being suspected of stealing the ink.

The official said she poured the ink from the original bottle into her own bottle.

“After questioning, she confessed that she stole the ink for her family to use on their fingers to make it look like they had voted,” the official said.

After she was caught, she was stripped of her role at the polling station, the official said.

“She put the ink bottle into her backpack and intended to escape, but there was a report of her activity and she was caught,” the official said.

The commission said in its statement that the accused had made a serious mistake and will face the law.

“It was a serious mistake,” it said. “We will take legal action against her.”

Yesterday, NEC deputy secretary-general Som Soriday said that the overall election had gone smoothly, with no reports of violence.

“On Sunday, Cambodians came to vote without any fear to fulfill democracy in Cambodia,” he said. “They were happy and the election ended successfully with no violence.”

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